Telemedicine is one of the mechanisms currently being explored as a means of spreading around our unevenly distributed supply of clinicians, and to increase patient convenience.  Adoption of the technology is in its early stages, largely due to failure of most payors to pay for remote consultations.  I spoke recently with MA Medical Law Report about managing the risks of practicing telemedicine.  Please have a look at the lead article in the current edition, and consider the privacy, security, continuity of care, licensure and technological issues that may arise even if reimbursement were not an issue at all.

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting